Newton steels himself for London

COFFS Harbour junior Ben Newton is on track to claim international success in the sport of wheelchair rugby, lining up for the Australian Steelers at the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships in South Korea.

The Steelers defeated the host nation Korea 63-37 yesterday to earn a spot in the gold medal game.

In the final they will play against the winner of the second semi-final, between New Zealand and Japan.

The win also qualified the Steelers for next year's Paralympics in London.

Roxy Newton, mother of Ben, said she was extremely proud of her son's achievement.

"Ben was involved in a car accident when he was two, so he can't remember being able to walk," she said.

"It is absolutely inspirational to watch him represent his country and succeed at a high level.

"Words can't describe how proud I am of his achievements."

While unable to travel to Korea to watch her son in the Asia Oceania final, Roxy said she was looking forward to being on hand when the former Tyalla Public School student represented Australia at the London Paralympics.

"Ben has already travelled to London with the squad to familiarise themselves in preparation for the Paralympics.

"I have already bought my tickets and can't wait to see him out on court."


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